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DERMATOLOGY CHECKLIST
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DESCRIPTION Dermatology is no longer a pure medical specialty. Dermatologists now perform advanced surgeries such as liposuctions, vitiligo surgeries, resurfacing, facelifts and cancer surgery. While most of these are performed under local anesthesia, some of them require general anesthesia. Further, a high degree of standard of care is needed for dermatologic surgical procedures as many of them are esthetic and are done in a previously healthy patient. Possibilities of medico-legal situations and esthetic complications always exist and therefore dermatologic surgeons should adopt checklists and standards of care in their practice. These checklists have been shown to improve collaborative teamwork, minimize surprises, and lead to a safer day in the operating room.  

This checklist has been formulated with the following objectives:
  1. To operate on the correct patient at the correct site.
  2. To use methods known to prevent harm from anesthetic administration, while protecting the patient from pain.
  3. To recognize and effectively prepare for life-threatening loss of airway or respiratory function and high blood loss.
  4. To avoid inducing an allergic or adverse drug reaction.
  5. To use methods known to minimize risk of surgical site infection.
  6. To secure and accurately identify all surgical specimens.
  7. To effectively communicate and exchange critical patient information for the safe conduct of the operation.
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